"Those dogs do not eat cheese."
Translation:Aquellos perros no comen queso.
It is hard to know on duolingo when to use esos or aquellos. When speaking to someone in person it is much easier to distinguish which to use because you can physically see where the item in the sentence is. But in general ESOS is "those" that are closer to the person you are speaking to and AQUELLOS is "those' that are far away from both the person speakin and the person you are speaking to.
Both Aquellos and Esos are accepted here. All my native friends tell me it is not to do with distance as others have suggested.
Use the Aquel variety when we would say "that/those xxx over there" in English. For example:
aquel libro (that book over there), aquellos libros (those books over there), aquella pluma (that pen over there), aquellas plumas (those pens over there)
The ese variety are used for "that/those" in general, for example:
ese libro (that book), esos libros (those books), esa pluma (that pen), esas plumas (those pens)
Hope that helps!
I would love to hear an explanation to this as well! Most grammar sites tell me that Spanish (in contrast to english) uses the definite article much more frequently. Especially when talking about habitual actions or "general truths." I can't find/figure out a rule to explain why it's NOT "el queso" here. Besides the fact it sounds better to my native english-speaking brain AND it sounds weird when I imagine one of the spanish-english bilingual students I work with saying "esos perros no comen el queso." Unless, they were telling me this fact with great seriousness and gravity-- or some kind of emphasis...? It also feels like more work to break my tongue off the top of my palate to say "el" when I can can just leave it there, drop the "el", and keep my tongue up there for a nice, flowy, nasal-sounding "comeng queso." But, again, I'm a native english speaker who picks up accents, not grammar.
Oh! Is it because this sentence is NOT speaking generally? We are saying THOSE dogs, in particular, do not eat cheese. NOT "Los perros no comen el queso" = "Dogs don't eat cheese" or Dogs, as a category of animal, do not eat cheese. In which case, yes, the definite article "el" would be used with "queso," because we are speaking a general (albeit, made up) truth.
But...I feel like there was a sentence somewhere that went "El oso siempre come pescado." Which...I guess would still follow the rule if we assume "the bear" to be a specific bear.
Is this correct?
In a multiple choice question for this sentence, the other (wrong) sentence options said "perra" instead of "perro". As far as I know, "perro" is used for both male and female dogs, while "perra" is profane. I do believe it's important for people to learn how to not misspeak their words to be accidentally profane. But, I figured I'd point out what I did in case duolingo does not want to include profanity in any of their sentences, even if it includes incorrect sentence examples.